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The Art of Wraparound in the Child Welfare Environment
Web-based Event
January 25, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   (Pacific)
This webinar will discuss how to balance wraparound systems of care and traditional child welfare practice. Topics will include: understanding cultures that affect the system, some key factors/strategies for communicating and collaborating with stakeholders, and ways to develop clear roles, definitions and expectations for wraparound team members and community partners.

Supporting Self-Determination and Enhancing Career Development for Young Adults with Mental Health Diagnoses
Web-based Event
January 25, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   (Pacific)
Young adults with mental health diagnoses, like all young adults, have hopes and dreams for jobs and careers. This webinar will address how self-determination processes in career development can help make their career development activities more effective.

Accommodating Students with Disabilities: Resources from Two States and Perspectives on the Future of Accommodating
Web-based Event
January 12, 2011
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Dr. Edynn Sato, Director of Special Populations for the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center (AACC) at WestEd, will introduce projects from California and South Carolina aimed at accommodating students with disabilities and discuss how the development of common core standards assessments may affect how students are accommodated in future. Meredith Cathcart, Special Education Consultant with the California Department of Education, and a representative from South Carolina will share accommodation resources.

Public Hearing on the Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise the ADA Implementing Regulations
Public Hearing
January 10, 2011
San Francisco, CA
The U.S. Department of Justice will hold a public hearing on four Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs), seeking public comment on the possibility of revising the ADA regulations to address accessible web information and services, movie captioning and video description, accessibility of Next Generation 9-1-1, and accessible equipment and furniture. The ANPRMs were published in the Federal Register July 26, 2010, and the comment period for them closes on January 24, 2011. Entities, organizations, and individuals who wish to present comments at a particular hearing are encouraged to register in advance by calling the ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 (Voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TTY) by January 11, 2011.

Customized Employment
Web-based Event
December 14, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will sponsor a discussion of customized employment and the success it can bring to individuals with significant disabilities. Strategies and suggestions will be provided, including identifying natural workplace supports, using assistive technology, and negotiating employment tasks, to help serve individuals who have typically been excluded from the traditional workforce.

Customized Employment
Web-based Event
December 14, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will sponsor a discussion of customized employment and the success it can bring to individuals with significant disabilities. Strategies and suggestions will be provided, including identifying natural workplace supports, using assistive technology, and negotiating employment tasks.

Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fields
Web-based Event
December 9, 2010
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Central)
The Midwest Alliance is hosting a webinar that highlights the careers of three individuals in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields who have a disability. Scott Anderson, a high school math teacher who received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, will tell how his career path led him to a Masters in Instruction, allowing him to empower students and faculty through self-advocacy education; Dr. Matthew Weed will talk about his career experiences as an administrator, science and medical educator, student adviser, and bio-ethicist; and Mike Jones, a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, will discuss his work as a self-employed computer database Madison consultant. The webinar will be held online and at the UW-Madison Pyle Center.

The Teacher-Parent Relationship: Using Professional Development to Improve Family and Community Engagement
Web-based Event
November 18, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with United Way Worldwide, National PTA, SEDL, and Harvard Family Research Project, will hold the fourth webinar in its “Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement” series, on “The Teacher-Parent Relationship: Using Professional Development to Improve Family and Community Engagement.” The webinar will examine practical examples of how states can embed family engagement into their professional development systems and how teacher education programs can systematically include family engagement in teaching and learning; and will also discuss promising practices in higher education, including partnerships with Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) to build the capacity of family coordinators.

College 101: Transition to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities
Web-based Event
November 11, 2010
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Central)
The Midwest Alliance and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois will be presenting a free webinar for high school students, parents, and education personnel, “College 101: Transition to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities.” Topics covered will include types of college options, college preparation during the high school years, financial resources, college application tips, and difference between high school and college for a student with a disability. Participants will need to register by November 4th, through the link to registration for the webinar on the Midwest Alliance website. For those who are unable to attend, a captioned recording of the webinar will be available on the website after November 11th.

Time for Change: Challenging School Policies & Practices to Help Students with Disabilities Stay in School
Web-based Event
November 10, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Advocacy Institute sponsors Webinars to meet the training needs of special education advocates nationwide, providing on-going training and professional development for individuals working with families and organizations on behalf of children with disabilities. “Time for Change” will feature Kathleen B. Boundy, Esq., Co-Director of the Center for Law and Education, and Lili Garfinkel, Coordinator of PACER Center’s Juvenile Justice Project.

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